ROUTT COUNTY SPOTLIGHT
Occupation: Curator of the Tread of Pioneers Museum
Place of birth: Louisville, Ky.
Q. When did you move to Routt County
and what brought you here?
A. I moved here in the fall of 1996. I had visited Colorado many times during college and fell in love with the mountains, blue skies and endless outdoor opportunities. After many recommendations, I decided to give Steamboat a try.
Q. What are the best and least favorite things about living in Routt County?
A. Some of the best: 1. The friendly, active and laid-back community 2. The beautiful Wilderness and National Forest land in and surrounding the county. Least favorite: 1. I struggle with the fact that it is almost impossible to find some sort of affordable housing. The average price of a home here is out of the question for those of us who work for the available wages in the schools, nonprofits, service industry, etc. I feel that this issue eventually drives some really great people out of the valley. The new construction in Steamboat Springs appears to be out of control. The mass construction (or destruction) detracts from the beauty and open space that draws people to this valley.
Q. If you could invite any four people to dinner, who would they be and why?
A. My family and closest friends.
Q. If you had three wishes, what would they be?
A. 1. Good health for my loved ones and myself. 2. Peace in the world. 3. A happy and long life.
Q. If you could travel to any place where would you go and why?
A. I have always had a dream to travel around the world, maybe for six months or so, stopping in several places along the way. First stop, a few islands in the South Pacific then on to revisit Thailand.
Q. What is the most rewarding part of your jobs?
A. I love being a part of preserving the history of this fascinating area. I work with wise and wonderful people in the community and I am always learning.
Book: Anything by Pam Houston
Musical groups: Right now Nora Jones and Jack Johnson. I love jazz as well.
Food: Alaskan king crab legs
Sport to watch: Gymnastics
Vacation spot: Rai Lei Beach, Krabi, Thailand. (Enormous limestone crags jutting out of the crystal clear ocean, perfect for rock climbing with enthusiasts from all over the world.)
Recreational activity: Kayaking, hiking and mountain biking
Pet: Any puppy
Movie: Many favorites, here are a few: “Dances With Wolves,” “Chocolat,” “A River Runs Through It”
Magazine: National Geographic
TV show: Again, no favorite, but I think that “Friends” and “Seinfeld” can be entertaining sometimes. I think that PBS offers some of the best programs one can watch.
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